Archive for French Diction

Episode 101-SDU Tutorial

Posted in French Diction by thedictionpolice on October 21st, 2017

In Episode 101, Dr. François Germain and I talk about the text to "En fermant les yeux", the tenor aria from Massenet's Manon, focusing on nasal vowels and some normal spellings that may look complicated. 

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Episode 100-IPA Revealed: an audio guide

Posted in German Diction, Special Editions, Italian Diction, French Diction, English Diction by thedictionpolice on October 7th, 2017

For our 100th episode we wanted to do something really special, and here it is! In "IPA Revealed: an audio-guide" we work our way through the phonetic alphabet, with examples of native speakers in each of the four main languages that we sing in, English, Italian, German, and French.  Both Ellen and François host the episode, with guests Christoph Pohl, Daniela Pellegrino, and Grace Durham. There is no audio version of the podcast this week.

To see our complete catalog of text readings by native speakers and PDFs with IPA transcriptions, poetic and word-for-word-translations, as well as all of our Diction Lessons, Diction Tips, and Tongue Twisters for Singers, go to dictionpolice.com

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Diction Tip #19

Posted in French Diction by thedictionpolice on September 16th, 2017

Since the podcast comes out every two weeks, on the off-weeks we post Diction Tips--very short tutorials focusing on a specific topic in Lyric Diction.

In Diction Tip #19, Dr. François Germain discusses the pronunciation of double consonants in French Diction.

For more Diction Tips visit the videos section of our Facebook page or you can find all of our Diction Lessons, Diction Tips and Tongue Twisters for Singers at www.dictionpolice.com!

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Episode 97-SDU Tutorial (audio version)

Posted in French Diction by thedictionpolice on August 27th, 2017

Happy Spielzeit! With the new school year/opera season upon us, it's time for some new episodes! This is the audio version of this episode--a full video tutorial is also available.

In Episode 97, Dr. François Germain leads us through the text to "Va, laisse couler mes larmes" from Werther, focusing on bright A, a little bit about nasal vowels, and a lot of subtext on this aria. For more information, go to dictionpolice.com

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Episode 97-SDU Tutorial

Posted in French Diction by thedictionpolice on August 27th, 2017

Happy Spielzeit! With the new school year/opera season upon us, it's time for some new episodes!

In Episode 97, Dr. François Germain leads us through the text to "Va, laisse couler mes larmes" from Werther, focusing on bright A, a little bit about nasal vowels, and a lot of subtext on this aria. For more information, go to dictionpolice.com

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Episode 96-SDU Tutorial (Audio Version)

Posted in French Diction by thedictionpolice on May 20th, 2017

In Episode 96, Dr. François Germain works through the text to Debussy’s "Nuit d’étoiles" with us, talking about the French schwa and when it’s not pronounced, the various combinations of 'ie', and a little on liaisons and elision. There are two versions of this episode—the full video tutorial or the audio version for people prefer to listen to podcasts while they’re out and about. This is the last episode before summer break--we'll be back with all new episodes on Aug 26, 2017! 

In the meantime, for all of The Diction Police podcasts, Text Readings, and PDFs with phonetic transcriptions as well as translations into several languages, please visit us at www.dictionpolice.com . You can also follow The Diction Police on Facebook and Twitter.

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Episode 96-SDU Tutorial

Posted in French Diction by thedictionpolice on May 20th, 2017

In Episode 96, Dr. François Germain works through the text to Debussy’s "Nuit d’étoiles" with us, talking about the French schwa and when it’s not pronounced, the various combinations of 'ie', and a little on liaisons and elision. This is the last episode before summer break--we'll be back with all new episodes on Aug 26, 2017! 

In the meantime, for all of The Diction Police podcasts, Text Readings, and PDFs with phonetic transcriptions as well as translations into several languages, please visit us at www.dictionpolice.com . You can also follow The Diction Police on Facebook and Twitter.

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Diction Tip #16

Posted in French Diction by thedictionpolice on April 29th, 2017

Since the podcast comes out every two weeks, on the off-weeks we post Diction Tips--very short tutorials focusing on a specific topic in Lyric Diction.

This week's Diction Tip is about the pronunciation of "-ille" (and its exceptions) in French Diction, with Dr. François Germain.

For more Diction Tips visit the videos section of our Facebook page or you can find all of our Diction Lessons, Diction Tips and Tongue Twisters for Singers at www.dictionpolice.com!

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Episode 92-SDU Tutorial (Audio version)

Posted in French Diction by thedictionpolice on March 25th, 2017

This week, François Germain reads the text to "Après un rêve", and we talk about what happens to nasal vowels in liaison, the difference between [ɑ̃] and [õ], and open and closed vowels in French.

For more Video Tutorials and Text Readings, as well as our Facebook Diction Lessons and Tongue Twisters for Singers series, or for the accompanying PDF for this Tutorial, please visit us at www.dictionpolice.com . You can also follow The Diction Police on Facebook and Twitter.

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Episode 92-SDU Tutorial

Posted in French Diction by thedictionpolice on March 25th, 2017

This week, François Germain reads the text to "Après un rêve", and we talk about what happens to nasal vowels in liaison, the difference between [ɑ̃] and [õ], and open and closed vowels in French.

For more Video Tutorials and Text Readings, as well as our Facebook Diction Lessons and Tongue Twisters for Singers series, or for the accompanying PDF for this Tutorial, please visit us at www.dictionpolice.com . You can also follow The Diction Police on Facebook and Twitter.

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